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ICE ID's vs. Medical ID's. What is the Difference?

  
  
  

Maybe you wear your Lauren’s Hope bracelet every day, everywhere you go. You may be a devoted customer with a serious medical condition who understands the importance of always wearing your medical ID bracelet. But you may have never thought about your perfectly healthy parents, children, or significant other as needing emergency identification in the event of a crisis...what would happen to them? Would medical personnel know who they are? Who to contact? Answer these questions and calm your fears with an in case of emergency identification bracelet.


Safety Tips for Traveling with Epilepsy

  
  
  
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Summer is starting to wind down and the furthest you’ve gotten from home is the doctor’s office. Give yourself a break with a little much-needed time away. Don’t let your epilepsy interfere with your travel plans! People with epilepsy may need to do a little extra planning before hitting the highway, but it’s worth making the trip. Here are just follow a few simple tips from the Epilepsy Foundation to keep yourself safe on the road, in the air, and wherever your travels take you!


Meet Sandy: A Story of Hope

  
  
  
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Our customer Sandy has had to make some pretty drastic lifestyle changes. She quit her full-time job and is no longer able to live alone. She doesn't leave the house often, and is only able to socialize over the internet or the phone.


10 Things You Need To Know About Autism

  
  
  
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10 Things You Should Know About Autism

Autism awareness has come a long way in the last few years. More and more people are gaining an understanding of this widespread condition, but there are still a few things that it seems just won’t get through to some people. We asked our friends on Facebook the most important things they wish people knew about autism. Take a look at our list, then add your own questions and ideas in the comments!


August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

  
  
  
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We are very fortunate to live in a time when child mortality is at an all-time low.

In the past, illnesses like smallpox, tuberculosis, and polio commonly cut life short before a child could even reach the age of five. This could very well still be the case today if it weren’t for one monumental advance in modern medicine: the vaccine. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, dedicated to educating and raising awareness of the importance of vaccinations.


Beat the Heat With Our Cool Tips

  
  
  
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It seems we have officially entered the "dog days" of summer. We've suffered under scorching heat, the blazing sun, and sweltering temperatures from sunrise to sundown and the boiling weather can do far worse than just drive us toward the pool. Beat the heat and avoid serious complications by following a few simple hot weather safety tips.


What You Need To Know About Cord Blood Awareness

  
  
  
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Cord Blood Awareness Month

Stem cell research can be a touchy subject. There are many ethical arguments for and against, and people tend to have strong opinions regarding the controversy. For people with life-threatening medical conditions though, stem cells can be a lifesaving form of treatment and there is more than one way to obtain them. One of the sometimes overlooked methods of collection is through saving cord blood. July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month , which "strives to empower expectant parents to make an informed choice regarding their options to save their newborn's cord blood stem cells," according to the Cord Blood Registry.


Perfect Medical ID's for Summer

  
  
  
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It's summertime and the living is easy...but shopping for fashionable, yet affordable, summer medical ID jewelry can be a bit of a challenge. Have no fear - we are here to help! Here are a few of our summertime favorites.


Safe Traveling Tips with Food Allergies

  
  
  
safe traveling with food allergy

Okay, so someone in your family has a peanut allergy. You've taken all the necessary precautions; you've done your research. You know to read food labels closely, to carry emergency medication at all times, and to wear a medical ID bracelet. You are an expert allergy-free grocery shopper. You know exactly what foods are in your home at all times. You have successfully peanut-proofed your living space.


Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

  
  
  
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Kaydence Ney is like a lot of other four-year-old girls: she loves playing dress-up, being a big sister, playing princess, and dreaming of her very own puppy....a puppy that could cost as much as $20,000.

This puppy may be well worth the money, however. The specially-trained canine would be able to sense changes in blood sugar levels and could be life-saving for people like Kaydence, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly after turning three years old. Ever since then, she has been under the constant, watchful eye of her mother, Tammy, who wakes to an alarm every few hours each night to check on her daughter.

"She has to be under 24-hour observation," Tammy was quoted in a recent article published in her local newspaper, the Standard Speaker . "That's why I looked into the dog."

Diabetes alert dogs are trained to sense and recognize the early signs of an oncoming hypoglycemic episode 25 to 40 minutes before a diabetic meter, according to Dan Warren of Warren Retrievers’ Guardian Angel Service Dogs. The theory behind these remarkable pooches is that they can smell chemical changes in a person’s body before the obvious physical effects of high or low blood sugar set in. Companies like Guardian Angel Service Dogs then strategically train these dogs to alert people to those chemical changes. However, that training is not easy...or cheap.

According to Beverly Schwartz of All Purpose Canines, training can take up to two years and cost up to $20,000. “It’s very time-consuming and intense to get the dog to be at least 85 percent accurate,” she explained in an article in the popular Diabetes Forecast magazine.

For Kaydence’s parents, there is no question that these dogs are well worth it, despite the hefty price tag.

"These dogs are lifesavers," Tammy said.

To assist with the cost, the family has organized fundraising efforts called “K-9 for Kaydence.” They plan on hosting fundraisers in their community as well as collecting general donations.

To learn more about diabetic alert dogs and service dog organizations, please visit the following websites:


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